Ochre Pits - NT

  Tourist Attraction


DEG: -23.735086 132.867371
DMS: 23º 44' 6.31" S 132º 52' 2.53" E
UTM: 53 K 7373474mN 282612mE
Altitude: 751m


Place Type

Recreation - Tourist Attraction


24.6kms North of Hermannsburg
103.71kms West of Alice Springs
113.8kms SouthEast of Papunya
472.96kms South of Tennant Creek

Address & Contact

West Macdonnell National Park
Northern Territory 0872
Phone: +618 8951 8250
Email: parkmanagement.pwcnt@nt.gov.au
Web: https://northernterritory.com/alice-springs-and-surrounds/see-and-do/ochre-pits


For thousands of years (and still continuing today) lies this active Ochre Pit site used for ceremonial purposes. The vivid colours of red, yellow, and white make an incredible backdrop to the natural surrounds. It is an easy and pleasant respite for the visitor before rejoining the road to the next point of interest.

Historical use of ochre: Weapons were painted with ochre to increase the success of hunting and to protect the wooden weapons from termites. Red ochre was mixed into an ointment to relieve decongestion, and white ochre used as a magical charm.
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Closest Weather Station

Alice Springs Airport at 25/04:00am CST
Distance from Ochre Pits 104.11km E
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Alice Springs Airport
Distance from Ochre Pits 104.11km E
Mean Max. °C36.435.132.628.223.019.819.722.627.230.933.635.4
Mean Min. °C21.520.717.512.
Mean Rain mm38.643.832.316.318.913.615.09.28.521.429.136.9

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